An inquest into the deaths of three people who were tragically killed as they walked home after 'celebrating Boxing Day together' has been opened this afternoon.
Senior Coroner Nicola Mundy opened the inquest into the deaths of Askern residents, 48-year-old Andy Tomlinson and 54-year-olds Fay Tomlinson and Mandy Deere, at Doncaster coroners' court earlier today.
The crash occurred at around 10.50pm on December 26 in Sutton Road, Askern, where residents Mr and Mrs Tomlinson, along with Mrs Deere and her husband John Deere, were walking when they were struck by a blue Volvo S60.
Mr and Mrs Tomlinson and Mrs Deere died as a result of their injuries, while Mr Deere was left in a 'life-threatening' condition following the collision.
Ricky Joe Hepworth, aged 24, of Newmarche Drive in Askern has been charged with a string of offences, relating to the crash, including three counts of death by dangerous driving, a count of aggravated vehicle taking, three counts of causing a death while driving uninsured and unlicensed.
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Ms Mundy adjourned the inquest pending the criminal investigation.
South Yorkshire police confirmed on Tuesday that divers had been searching Askern lake in connection with the investigation.
Earlier this week, the families of the crash victims made this touching statement: "We would like to sincerely thank the community of Askern, and Doncaster, for their continued generosity with fund raising towards funeral costs for Andrew, Fay and Mandy.
"We are extremely humbled by the number of people who have donated, laid flowers, and attended the recent memorial to support our family and offer their condolences.
"Boxing Day's tragic events have devastated our family, changing our lives forever, leaving behind nine children, 19 grandchildren, parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, who are completely heartbroken. There is now a huge hole in our family which will never be repaired.
"Everyone’s thoughts and prayers for John's recovery are very much appreciated, and we kindly ask that our privacy continues to be respected throughout this devastating time."